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#1 Jojouk

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 05:58 PM

Ok, thought I better put a journal on here about my new 5ft tank...a photographic journal from day 0 to today :)

The tank :)

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The stand :(

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It didnt look particulary strong!

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So I took care of that...

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And also,got painting!

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Et Voila!

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Substrate: Tesco Low Dust cat littere, after what feels like 5 days worth of washing...

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Capped with play sand,and water going in, eek!

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Running 2 TT Ex1200's, 1 Hydor inline 300w heater, and an internal just for the moment!

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The flow pattern

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As it stands today,I need to save some pennies and get the hardscape together for the left hand side, very difficult to find the right piece of wood!
Also, plant selections in my LFS is very poor at the moment, so all donations welcome!!!

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Updates to follow!

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:51 PM

:frantics: :hyper: :flowers:   My fav stand DIY moment.  I usually like only black furniture, but can picture a very brightly decorated room with this stand and tank.  GETS more plants! :)

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:00 PM

Also need to fix the gaps in the lid where the panels meet, and the background bin bag is loosing its appeal on me, i think the backis too big,so need to either paintit or get a propper background :)

And yes, I desperately need more plants,but cant get any decent stuff around here for love nor money, its all half dead and coated in algae!

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:01 PM

View PostFishFanatic04, on 17 August 2012 - 06:51 PM, said:

:frantics: :hyper: :flowers:   My fav stand DIY moment.  I usually like only black furniture, but can picture a very brightly decorated room with this stand and tank.  GETS more plants! :)

And my fav commenter! :)

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:02 PM

I feel ya pain, sista!    Trying to grow my own Echinodorus to split makes watching grass grow fun.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:31 PM

Angelfish look really nice! :hyper:
How many have you got?

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 09:24 PM

View Postpanda_cory, on 17 August 2012 - 08:31 PM, said:

Angelfish look really nice! :hyper:
How many have you got?

Thanks :)

I have 1 zebra that's about a year old, 2 platinums that are about 6 months, and just picked up 6 juveniles about 3 weeks ago, 1 black, 2 black marble, 1 koi marble and 2 odd looking ones, black and silver splotches is the best way to describe them! So 9 in total. With the juvies, I might move a couple on when a bit bigger, but time will tell, and need to keep an eye on the group dynamics, the little black one is a bit of a bruiser!

Totally love the angels tho, so full of personality :)

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 04:38 AM

Well done! love the stand also.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 07:36 AM

really like what you have done with this. Have you thought about adding more bogwood on the left? I just reckon that'd make this tank feel like a real nature aquarium. What you have done with the plants is excellent!
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:37 AM

View Postian, on 18 August 2012 - 07:36 AM, said:

really like what you have done with this. Have you thought about adding more bogwood on the left? I just reckon that'd make this tank feel like a real nature aquarium. What you have done with the plants is excellent!

Yeah that's the plan I add a similar 'mirrored' look on the left hand side, just have to find the right pieces of wood first, and it's proving a challenge!

If it won't look right, I won't buy it, waiting for the perfect pieces, but that's taking a long time!!!

Thanks for all the nice comments guys :)

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:19 AM

With regrads to painting the back of the tank.

I recently painted the back of mine, in situ with Wilkinsons own Blackboard paint.

It says to apply with a brush but with the tank in situ that was impossible so I did it with a Mini Gloss Roller.

It needed about 5 coats but has turned out perfect and it only took a couple of hours for the all the coats :)

Hope this helps.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:34 PM

Wow that looks genuinely amazing, what kind of volume does it hold? Oh and when you said you want a 'mirrored' look on the other side just be careful it doesn't  end up looking to unnatural, if you know what i mean.

Keep up the good work because it will look even better if/when the plants bush out a bit :D


Edit: I see now where it says 350litres

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:35 PM

View PostTuxyu3, on 21 August 2012 - 06:34 PM, said:

Wow that looks genuinely amazing, what kind of volume does it hold? Oh and when you said you want a 'mirrored' look on the other side just be careful it doesn't  end up looking to unnatural, if you know what i mean.

Keep up the good work because it will look even better if/when the plants bush out a bit :D


Edit: I see now where it says 350litres

Lol, just saw your edit :)

Thanks for the lovely comment!

By mirrored, I mean more branchy things, either smaller or bigger if I can find them!!!

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:15 PM

Ok, so put in some more wood. I was trying to make the left side smaller, but it's proving difficult. Oh and ignore the floating piece in the middle...

Some of the wood is still bouyant (sp?) so it's a bit precarious.

I need a bit more wood to put in the bottom in the far left corner I think.

Also need plants!

I don't know if the extra piece of wood will help, or the plants, but I'm just not 100% happy with it...

Any ideas?

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#15 Jojouk

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:51 PM

No, the more I look at it, the more it looks wrong...

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:57 PM

To me, the left hand side pieces of wood need turning upside down.

Then plant it up like a jungle.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:35 PM

I'm not hating it...its very close, the wood that is. Maybe, try what Minnnt said, and get a different angles. Minnnt is great with arranging wood, so I would start there for sure.  Then plant the heck out of it.
   The big piece on the left looks right at least.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:32 AM

I'll give that a go tomorrow! It doesn't help that those two sticks are a different colour...I'll just cover them in moss I suppose! :)

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:18 AM

why have I missed this? Shaping up beautifully! Great job on the build.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 02:26 PM

View PostZoddyZod, on 03 September 2012 - 09:18 AM, said:

why have I missed this? Shaping up beautifully! Great job on the build.

:)